Internet café owner dies at 56 in Atenas

A former Marine who operated an Internet café in Atenas died Sunday of an apparent heart attack.

He was Richard “Rick” Derlin Mazza, 56. Friends said he operated Rick’s Internet Cafe in Atenas and was partial owner of Coffees of Atenas and Cafe Atenas. He was born in Monterey, California.

Mazza served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1971 to 1977 and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

Friends said he was once a GT-1 race driver and while in Costa Rica owned and managed the Atenas Racing Moto-Cross team. He sponsored many young, up-and-coming riders, they said. He was an orphan and had no family. All he had were his many friends, they added.

A memorial service will be conducted at Poco Cielo Resort in Atenas at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Anyone wishing to pay respects or to speak about their memories of Rick is welcome to attend, friends said. Poco Cielo is on Ruta 3 (the main road toward Jacó) three kilometers west of the Atenas gas station.

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